The Centre for Engineering and Design Education

Sector Reports

SEFI Position Paper (Sept 2015): Developing graduate engineering skills

This SEFI Position Paper is a continuation of the dialogue that SEFI has consistently supported on engineering education. SEFI believes that working together with all stakeholders, and across borders, presents the best conditions to examine European engineering education and hence prepare engineering graduates for their future roles.

RAEng Report (March 2015): Does teaching advance your academic career?

This report draws on survey evidence (n=604) and interview evidence (n=52) captured in 2014, and focuses on perspectives of the university promotion system among the UK engineering academic community.

 RAEng Report (July 2015): Pathways to success

This report undertaken by the University of Liverpool Engineering and Materials Education Research Group on behalf of the Royal Academy of Engineering highlights the graduate skills supply issues in engineering through detailed examination of routes into and out of higher education for future professional engineers.


HEA (Higher Education Academy)

Conditions of Flexibility: Securing a more responsive higher education system

This report by Professor Ron Barnett proposes 15 conditions of flexibility to inject new thinking and new practices to take the HE system into the future. Flexible provision has the potential to enhance student learning, widen opportunities for participation in higher education, and develop graduates who are well-equipped to contribute to a fast-changing world.

The HEA has published updates to its toolkits for higher education outreach and widening participation. The updates can be found on its website at

National HE STEM Programme

National HE STEM Programme Final Report

The final report of this programme has been published and includes over 60 case studies and a number of recommendations.

National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB)

Career Portfolios and the Labour Market for Graduates and Postgraduates in the UK

A report released in April 2014 by the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has found that being able to adapt to change and perform different functions adds significant value to the specialist knowledge of graduates.

QAA (Quality Assurance Agency)

Capturing an HE ethos in college higher education practice

This report, commissioned by QAA and written by Jonathan Simmons and John Lea, explores the context in which further education colleges in England have been responding to the opportunities and challenges of providing higher education programmes.

HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England)

Higher Education in England 2015: Key facts

Circular letter 33/2013

HEFCE 2013/34 Intentions After Graduation Survey 2013: Initial findings

Research report: How should we measure higher education? A fundamental review of the Performance Indicators

POLAR3: A robust measure of young participation in HE

A HEFCE report which analyses the latest Participation of Local Areas classification (known as POLAR3) concludes that neighbourhood wards are an accurate geography by which to measure young participation rates in higher education (HE).

BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills)

Professor John Perkins’ Review of Engineering Skills

Professor John Perkins’ review, published in November 2013, argues that substantially increasing the number of engineers would help the UK economy.